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Loggers in Brazilian Amazon Kill indigenous forest guardian

Another indigenous leader was gravely wounded in the ambush and a logger is reportedly missing Maranhão state, Brazil – Earlier Saturday, members of the Guajajara people’s Forest Guardians, a volunteer land and environmental monitoring force, were ambushed by a group of illegal loggers in the Araribóia indigenous territory, leaving one Guardian dead and another gravely wounded. Read More »

Address key driver of Amazon deforestation: profit-seeking

Amazon Watch statement on the ‘Amazon Pact’ issued today by South American leaders Today Sept 8 – the presidents of Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, and Suriname met in Leticia, Colombia to discuss regional cooperation for the Amazon. They issued the “Amazon Pact” at the end of the meeting, which laid out their agreed-upon commitments. Read More »

Global Day of Action for Amazon Sept 5

September 3, 2019 ipmsdl_admin Categories: Events Amazon Rainforest is burning, and the world will not take it sitting down. This September 5, the International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) joins the whole world in calling for immediate action to stop the Amazon fire. Read More »

Money grows on trees–don’t uproot them

By Friday Phiri Pemba, Zambia, Jul 26 2019 (IPS) – Jennifer Handondo, a small scale farmer of Choma district in southern Zambia, plants food crops such as maize mostly for her family’s needs. Because of uncharacteristically high temperatures and low rainfall during the planting season in March, the divorced mother who single-handedly supports her three children has not been able ... Read More »

Long life to their majesties, the bees!

By Baher Kamal Madrid, May (IPS) – Amazingly organised social communities, bees ensure food chain. ‘Bee’ grateful to them… at least on their World Day! While the (surprisingly) still called homo sapiens continues to destroy Mother Nature, bees and other pollinators, such as butterflies, bats and hummingbirds, carry on performing their vital role as one of the most marvellous, unpaid, ... Read More »

Ensuring the ‘lungs of the planet’ keep us alive

Indonesia Pahmung krui Damar Forest by Eka Fendiaspara. One of the winners of the International Pahmung krui Damar Forest by Eka Fendiaspara. One of the winners of the International Forest Photograph Contest.

Forests are vitally important for sustaining life on Earth, and play a major role in the fight against climate change. With the 2019 session of the United Nations Forum on Forests wrapping up on Friday in New York, we delve deeper into the subject, and find out what the UN is doing to safeguard and protect them. The forests in ... Read More »

Alberta officials say oil sands city saved from fire’s worst

Alberta premier’s declared Canada’s oil sands city saved and said a plan will be put together within two weeks so 88,000 residents forced to evacuate can return to their homes. At least two neighborhoods in Fort McMurray were scenes of utter devastation with incinerated homes leveled to the ground from a wildfire that the city’s fire chief called a “beast ... Read More »

11 sued over Apr 27 Sundarbans fire

Bangladesh Forest Department has filed a case against 11 suspects in connection with the fire that broke out in Tultala area of the Sundarbans under Chandpai Range in Sharankhola upazila on April 27 last. Station officer (Dhansagar station) of Chandpai Range Sultan Mahmud filed the case against them with Sharankhola Police Station on Sunday night. Bagerhat, UNB news agency reported. Read More »

Hand over Sundarbans arsonists to police: Minister

Dhaka – Environment and Forests Minister Anwar Hossain Manju on Sunday urged all to hand over to law enforcers those involved in setting fire to the Sundarbans, saying stern action will be taken against them. He made the call while speaking at a meeting at the Sharankhola upazila parishad auditorium after visiting the parts of the Sundarbans that were affected ... Read More »

Forest Department suspends 3 employees over Sundarbans fire

Dhaka – The Forest Department has suspended its three employees for their negligence of duties in connection with the recent fire incidents in the Sundarbans in Sharankhola upazila, unb news agency has reported. The suspended employees are M Nasir Uddin, in charge of Nangli forest camp of Dhansagar Station under the Chandpai range of the Sundarbans East Zone, and two ... Read More »

14 fire incidents at Chandpai of Sundarbans in 12 years

Bagerhat – The only Chandpai Range of the Sundarbans saw 14 incidents of fire in the last 12 years, raging through some 40 acres of forest and causing damage to its unique ecosystem, say officials.Forest Department data show that the 14 fire incidents took place at Dhansagar station under Chandpai Range in the Sundarbans during March 2004 to March 31, ... Read More »

Massive tree farms may be a really bad climate idea

World-wide tree plantations, soil modification or bioenergy crops could add to the planetary harm of global warming, scientist warns. A worker lays out biochar to dry in the sun before it is packed at the Eco Fuel Africa factory in Lugazi on January 29, 2013. One way to keep carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere is to sequester it in ... Read More »

Sundarbans fire extinguished

Dhaka – The fire that broke out on Sunday evening at Shikdar Bari Shila in Chandpai Range of the Sundarbans, the world’s largest mangrove forest, was doused on Monday afternoon. Station officer of Dhansagar in Chandpai Range, Sultan Mahmud, said the fire broke out on Sunday evening and continued to spread till Monday morning, UNB news agency reported. Informed by ... Read More »

Unesco team to meet officials Monday on Rampal plant

Dhaka – The three-member high-profile Unesco delegation that visited the Sundarbans to assess the possible impacts of the proposed coal-based Rampal power plant and vessel plying through the mangrove forest left Jessore for Dhaka on Saturday. The ‘Unesco Reactive Monitoring Team’ team, comprising Fanny Adolphinem Douver, Naomi Clare Doak and Mizuki Murai, is scheduled to meet officials of relevant ministries ... Read More »

Plants adapt to climate change better than many thought

Plants respond a bit better to global warming than scientists had thought, according to a new study that suggests their potential contribution to worsening global warming is not likely as bad as researcher believed. When it gets hotter, plants breathe harder. And the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide is produced by respiration. That’s why researchers think that as Earth is warmed ... Read More »

Vessel plying thu’ Shela River of the Sunderbans suspended

Dhaka – The Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) has suspended the plying of vessels through the Shela River following the capsize of a coal-laden cargo vessel in the river at Harintana of the Sundarbans under Mongla upazila. BIWTA Chairman Commodore M Mozammel Haque told reporters on Monday that the Shipping Ministry in an order has asked all the vessel ... Read More »

Coal-laden vessel sinks in Shela River of Sundarbans

Dhaka – A coal-laden cargo vessel sank in the Shela River in Harintana area of the Sundarbans in Mongla upazila on Saturday evening. Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) of Sundarbans East Zone M Saidul Islam said Khulna-bound cargo vessel ‘Sea Horse’, capsized at Harintana as it collided with some sunken parts of another vessel that sank at the same spot several ... Read More »

For deforestation-free palm oil

The Palm Oil Innovation Group – a collective of companies and organisations which advocate for stronger industry standards on sustainable palm oil – has unveiled a new set of criteria to verify that the commodity is truly deforestation-free. The Palm Oil Innovation Group (POIG), an international collective of palm oil growers and non-government organisations, on Thursday released new standards to ... Read More »

‘Coal plant threatens world’s largest mangrove forest, Bangladesh’s future’

Mowdud Rahman & Greig Aitken As COP21 has reached its endgame, there are plans to build 2,440 coal-fired power plants around the world, write Mowdud Rahman & Greig Aitken. Their completion would send global temperatures, and sea levels, soaring. Yet Bangladesh, the world’s most ‘climate vulnerable’ large country, has plans for a 1.3GW coal power plant on the fringes of ... Read More »